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Date created: 7/16/2020

Keeping active is vital to improving and maintaining both physical and mental health

The Start active, stay active: report on physical activity in the UK contains guidelines on the volume, duration, frequency and type of physical activity required to achieve general health benefits.

Maintaining your physical health

NHS Health Checks are designed to identify the early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

City residents aged between 40 and 74 years old are eligible to complete an NHS Health Check. For more information speak to your GP.

This 12-week programme, delivered by Weight Watchers, supports City residents and eligible City workers with a BMI of 30 or above to make positive changes to their lifestyles and create long-term change, helping them to achieve weight loss, prevent weight gain, and develop healthier eating habits.

City residents who are interested in the service should speak to their GP in the first instance.

City workers in service and/or manual roles such as construction, retail, food services, hospitality, transport and storage and manufacturing, who have a Body Mass Index of 23.5 or above, are able to access the free service and should call 0345 602 7068 (national call rate) and quote reference WWRS106 to assess their eligibility.

This service is for City of London residents aged 18+ who are sedentary and/or have a condition that puts them at risk of future ill-health. The service will help you to develop and maintain healthy exercise and physical activity habits, identify and set goals, and improve physiological health indicators, including blood pressure, weight, body mass index and heart rate.

For more information email the service providers at Fusion Lifestyle (Golden Lane Sport & Fitness Centre) or call 020 7250 1464

Things happening in the City of London to help you keep active

Exercise body and mind at the Artizan Street library, where the classes available include yoga, pilates and zumba.

Golden Lane Sport and Fitness Centre offers a wide range of both indoor and outdoor sports and activities. It also runs several lifestyle programmes and initiatives on behalf of the City Corporation.

Discover great locations from gardens in the City to health, common and ancient woodland further afield. Yours for a day out, sport, wildlife, nature, learning and more...

Walking and cycling ("active travel") as part of your commute is an easy way of incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine and achieving the NHS' recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of physical activity per week. The City Corporation's Active City Network offers a range of free support services to City workers and businesses to make active travel easier.

Cycling is a healthy, sustainable and safe way of getting around, avoiding public transport and getting fit at the same time.

City residents can access a wide range of free support to help them to start, or stay, cycling, including cycle training and cycle maintenance. More information is available on the COVID-19 Cycle with confidence page.